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Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
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LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
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FRED-56587

Feb. 19, 2012



SNOW BEGINS TO FALL IN THE FREDERICKSBURG REGION
Motorists should be alert for potentially icy road conditions this evening and Monday morning

FREDERICKSBURG—Interstate 95 and primary roads in the Fredericksburg region are mostly wet but clear this evening, although conditions may change rapidly as temperatures drop overnight and snow continues to fall.

 

In western Spotsylvania County and portions of Caroline County, motorists may encounter slush forming on several primary and secondary roads.

 

Along the Middle Peninsula, motorists will encounter minor road conditions on Route 17 and Route 360 in the Tappahannock area and Essex County, where isolated sections of snow, ice or slush exist.

 

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) snow removal teams are fully mobilized in the Fredericksburg region, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Crews will work continuously overnight and Monday morning to monitor road conditions, plow snow when it reaches two inches of accumulation, and apply chemicals and abrasives to melt ice and provide traction.

 

This evening, any moisture remaining on the pavement could freeze as temperatures fall. Motorists should be alert for isolated icy or slick spots.

 

Icy conditions may exist on roads carrying lower volumes of traffic, as well as on bridges, ramps and overpasses, which can freeze more rapidly than other sections of the roadway due to lower pavement temperatures.

 

As much as two to five inches of snow have been forecast for the central areas of the Fredericksburg District, which spans 14 counties.

 

Before starting a trip, call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org to find real-time road conditions in any area of the state. Road conditions may be rated as clear, minor, moderate or severe.

 

  • Clear: No conditions.
  • Minor:  Bare pavement, except for isolated spots of snow, ice or slush.
  • Moderate: Snow or ice is covering major portions of the roadway.
  • Severe: Significant amount of snow or ice is covering the roadway, and roadway may be partially blocked or affected by drifting snow.

 

VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).

 

VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.

 

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